Hardwood Flooring

 

The Hardwood Flooring Gallery displays some of the different aspects of what can be done in different rooms and places to be used. You can make patterns and use different techniques to accomplish the desired look you what to achieve. Hardwood flooring whether it is nailed down, glued in place or an engineered clicked hardwood flooring, you can run it throughout your home without all the transitions a lot of people tend to use. You just need to apply some home renovation how to techniques.

 

Hardwood Flooring

 

When it comes to hardwood flooring, there are a few types to choose from as well as species of wood to use. The other consideration is all what rooms or levels will the hardwood flooring be used on and what other products will be employed. Knowing what the other products being used will determine what type of transitions may be required between them. It is always best to do your preparations or at least, understand what they’ll entail, so you’ll know what the floors are like before you begin. You need to know if the floors you’re working with are all the same height or if there is a difference between them.

hardwood flooring So here are a few things that we’ll look at:

  • Type of Hardwood Flooring
  • Species of Hardwood Flooring
  • Type of Sub-Flooring
  • Level of Sub-Flooring

Another consideration when it comes to hardwood flooring is:

  • Flooring for a New Build
  • Flooring to replace Pre-Existing
  • Harwood Flooring Repairs

 

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring by TD Remodeling showing home renovation how to for new installations, replacement, and repairs all done by using home improvement hand tools.

[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-1.jpg]1423Hardwood flooring
Harwood flooring installed into the bedrooms.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-2.jpg]1082Home Depot hardwood flooring
Home Depot hardwood flooring installed into a new living room.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-3.jpg]983Solid oak hardwood flooring
Using a solid oak hardwood flooring in an upstairs hallway makes for a great looking floor.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-4.jpg]863Hardwood flooring sizes
Using different sizes of hardwood flooring to create patterns work extremely well in any room.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-5.jpg]802Hardwood flooring on landings
You can use hardwood flooring on the stairs for the landings on the way down.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-6.jpg]773Ash hardwood flooring
Ash hardwood flooring can be stained to take on any color flooring required due to it's natural light wood grain coloring.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-7.jpg]653Solid hardwood flooring
When you're using solid hardwood flooring, you can but it up against posts the same way as you would for staircase bull nosing.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-8.jpg]593Hardwood flooring for dining rooms
Hardwood flooring has always been great for in dining room floors.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-9.jpg]502Hardwood flooring for family rooms
Another great area for having hardwood flooring is in the family room.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-10.jpg]583Hardwood flooring and banisters
Hardwood flooring has always gone hand in hand with being used with staircase banisters.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-11.jpg]553Hardwood flooring installation
A small example of a hardwood flooring installation with a change of direction the hardwood flooring is running.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-12.jpg]573Hardwood flooring pattern
Hardwood flooring can be laid in patterns at times by direction and size of boards used.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-13.jpg]481Maple hardwood flooring
Maple hardwood flooring can offer a nice contrast to the colors of ones decor.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-14.jpg]533Lowes hardwood flooring
When it comes to hardwood flooring another great place to get your flooring from is Lowes.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-15.jpg]502Clearance hardwood flooring
Purchasing a clearance hardwood flooring can work out well when the amount you need is available at such a great price.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-16.jpg]543Hardwood flooring install
In most cases, for remodeling, it is best to have a professional do your hardwood flooring install unless you have some experience.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-17.jpg]553Hardwood flooring edging
When planning for hardwood flooring installations around transition edging, you need to make sure that you are perfectly square.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-18.jpg]523Hardwood flooring design
When you're laying a hardwood flooring design around a fireplace, you need to be square to keep the tongue and groove properly lined up.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-19.jpg]491Hardwood flooring under posts
Whenever you are re-installing hardwood flooring under posts, you need to be square and accurate with measurements and cuts.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-20.jpg]573Hardwood flooring repairs
You can use a cabinet grade wax sticks to repair older damaged floors back to new by matching and blending.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-21.jpg]543Hardwood flooring walk ways
You can have hardwood flooring used in upper-level walkways were you'll butt all the edges of the hardwood to the bull nosing for the banisters.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-22.jpg]521Hardwood flooring wax
To fill in nail holes in the final hardwood flooring course rows, you can use cabinet grade wax sticks that will protect the finished floor from future washing, etc.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-23.jpg]482Hardwood flooring landing way
Using hardwood flooring to finish off a landing way fits right in with a staircase and saves on money compared to purchasing a slab of hardwood custom made to fit.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-24.jpg]511Hardwood flooring for closets
Hardwood flooring carried into closets make for easy cleaning and looks great, especially for walk-in closets.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-25.jpg]491Hardwood flooring for older homes
Installing hardwood flooring for older homes looks great and requires a little more work getting around older radiators.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-26.jpg]623Hardwood flooring for stairs
Hardwood flooring tied into the staircase bull nosing.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-27.jpg]491Hardwood flooring under cuts
Anytime hardwood flooring is going to be used to replace carpet; you'll need to undercut the door jambs and trim to fit the hardwood into place for a professional finish.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-28.jpg]533Harwood flooring and bull nosing
Where the hardwood flooring and bull nosing meet must be perfectly square and undercut for any doorways close by.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-29.jpg]442Harwood flooring for second level
You can easily run hardwood flooring through the hallway and bedrooms without any transitions between rooms or the hallway.
[img src=https://tdremodeling.com/wp-content/flagallery/hardwood-flooring/thumbs/thumbs_hardwood-flooring-30.jpg]443Hardwood flooring preperation
Undercutting all doorways and jams before starting saves a lot of time and makes the installation a lot faster to get under way.

 

Type of Hardwood Flooring

 

The kind of hardwood flooring that you are going to use will make a difference in a couple of ways. One of the first considerations will be the cost of purchasing and installation of the product and the second will be the thickness of the product.

  • Traditional solid hardwood flooring
  • Engineered hardwood

Traditional solid hardwood flooring

The traditional hardwood flooring is sold as a 3/4-inch thick prefinished hardwood at random lengths mainly, but you can purchase unfinished as well. In most cases this wood is nailed in place, and that is the proper way to install this type of product. Some people will glue it together to make it a floating floor over concrete, not advisable. Others will also glue it down on the concrete itself, again not advisable.

Traditional hardwood is not meant to be glued together or down to a concrete floor etc. It needs to be nailed to a subfloor product that excepts the staples or cleats used for hardwood. The only time gluing is used is in minor repairs and narrow pieces against the wall etc. where nails cannot be used.

 

Engineered hardwood

The engineered hardwood flooring was created to solve the issues on being able to glue a hardwood product to the concrete floor. With more people wanting to still have the look of hardwood over concrete and in-floor heating systems. The product first started off as a veneer over plywood to deal with the expansion and contraction issues of hardwood over a heated floor. This product could be glued or nailed and is 1/2-inch thick which means you have different measurement considerations when meeting up with tiles or other products.

These engineered hardwood flooring products are also made more like laminate with or without the plywood base, and you can also click them in place without the need to glue or nail them anymore. Cost wise you’ll find the engineered flooring will be the same price when nailed as traditional hardwood flooring, if gluing the price will be higher to install and cheaper if it is of the click variety.

Species of Hardwood Flooring

 

You will discover that you can purchase most species of hardwood, but prices will vary according to availability to how common or rare the product may be. The cost difference between Solid Hardwood flooring and the Engineered flooring will differ in price to quality and availability as well. With the engineered flooring having such a thin veneer, the finish determines just how easily they may or may not be damage. Also, some of the better quality engineered hardwood floorings can be sanded and refinished at least once.

The solid hardwood has a difference in density of just how hard it may be where the trees are harvest from being the colder climates produce harder products. The colder the weather, the tighter the rings for the trees age as they go dormant compared to the warmer climates where the rings have greater spacing as the trees grow season to season.

 

Type of Sub-Flooring

 

The kind of sub-flooring will usually dictate to which product will be best to use. Without a doubt if you have in-floor heating then using an engineered hardwood flooring that floats or gets glued works best over solid hardwood. On a regular sub-floor suitable for nailing you can choose to use any hardwood flooring product you like, as they will all work fine. At that point, most people will look at the best cost to the type of species and color they want.

 

Level of Sub-Flooring

 

Depending on the home in question there are times when the sub-flooring does not match up from one room to the other. These conditions can be caused from previous flooring being buried underneath one another through the years, different materials of different thickness being used. Additions being added to increase living space. Whatever the reason, sometimes it’s a simple fix by removing older flooring to restore back to the original sub-flooring or adding more plywood to a smaller area to be level with the main area.

Sometimes you can fix everything to be the same level and other times you’ll need another solution. Either way when your planning out which floors to use by type and thickness, you’ll need to know what your starting with.

 

hardwood flooring installation

Flooring for a New Build

 

When it comes time for hardwood flooring for a new build, you usually have the easiest time to do the installation. With new builds, there are usually no baseboards installed or even door jams. Having no undercutting or installing under the doors and trim make the installation much quicker and easier. Even in the cases where the doors are hung and trimmed out, you can still get the job done without too much of a problem.

Flooring to replace Pre-Existing

 

In the case of replacing the previous flooring, it is a matter of taking out the old, cleaning up all the debris and nails from the floor to get ready for the new installation. Once the flooring has been removed and you’re ready for the new hardwood flooring, there is the matter of do you remove the baseboard then re-install them or do you leave them then add a base shoe to cover up the expansion gap. If only part of the flooring on any given level is being replaced, usually the baseboard stays and base shoe is added. People only tend to remove the baseboard if new material is going to be installed or the old ones are going back in place because the whole level has been redone.

 

hardwood flooring repair

Harwood Flooring Repairs

 

In the case of having hardwood flooring repairs, they can range from just fixing up a hole, cracks, gouges or in the case of the images above, a dividing wall between two rooms being removed. In the case of these events, you’ll need to cut out the damaged or cut boards that no longer serve their purpose and replace them with full proper interlocking boards. The photos from above use to have a set of double doors that opened in the middle of the room with the walls separating both sides. I was required to remove the boards that use to be at the doorway, then insert new boards from one end of the room to the other, securing each one as I when.

 

 

 

10 Comments:

  1. I am happy to say your website truly impressed me, the photographs are awesome. If i owned my own home I would love to have floors like those on your website. Is there much of a demand for hard floors in homes today, do you do floors any place or are you a local company which works in your area only.

    • There are a lot of people using hardwood flooring in all the different styles, species, and colors but I must admit I do end up doing a fair bit of laminate do to pricing in many homes.

      For me, I just work mainly in my geographical area and from all the requests I’ve gotten from others I have this site TD Remodeling which is my online and offline business and a dedicated website Home Renovation How To for more in depth DIY.

      Do to extra requests I also started a tool site Home Improvement Hand Tools for those wanting to know more about all the tools the contractors such as myself are using.

  2. Hardwood flooring has always fascinated me. I have multiple animals (3 cats, 3 dogs, 1 bird! It’s a menagerie), and carpet has always been an issue, from an animal hair (And feather) standpoint.

    Do you have any recommendations for a dark, modern hardwood floor type? Currently, we have a very ugly, light brown color that doesn’t fit the style of our home.

    Thanks for the informative article!

    • One of the things I can certainly tell you about having a dark hardwood flooring, is they show all the dust and dirt. They can have a rich and beautiful look but if you’re not into a lot of cleaning, the dark floors will show all the animal hairs, dust you name it more than the lighter colors.

      Also depending on the size of your dogs their nails will totally scratch up the finish on the hardwood and the darker the wood the more you’ll notice it. A lot of people with large dogs have switched to the higher quality laminates that are almost totally scratch resistance and with the quality of production these days most people can not even tell the difference there not solid hardwood.

  3. lifebeginswithyourhealth

    I have returned to your article on hardwood-flooring once again- I really do love hard word floors very much. I prefer them more then carpet floors- but I have little choice where I live since I rent my home.

    I never realized there were so many choices available to hard wood flooring- it can be much work to add wood flooring I see from your article which is good for people to know what they might be getting into before they begin such a remodeling job.

    • Travis Smithers

      I find there are a lot of home improvements that homeowners can do themselves, the biggest part is just knowing what is required.

      For where I live, I’m able to do or assist homeowners with their renovations. For the rest, I decided to use this website to at least help get more of the knowledge out there. This way, homeowners will know what is involved and be able to decide for themselves, if this is a DIY project they can handle or best to call in a contractor.

  4. Hi Travis,you intend to help people a lot so,i need a favor from you to help my friend who is a Maison to also get his job advertisement through blogging but my problem is he is not all that educated,so how will he get this done,if you have any means please let me know.Thank you.

    • Travis Smithers

      Hi Roland and I actually run into this a lot. Most contractors will see about being great at what they do but have very little or no experience with an online presence.

      In my website the very first entry in the right-hand column lists that you can get a free website and hosting. What I have done is from all the different people asking me this very same question as you have, is to create another website to deal with this issue.

      In the last year, I have discovered a company that has full training to make it easy for anyone wanting an online presence to be able to create one. The link on this site will take you to my other website that explains how easy you can get started for free and all what is available. The website is What Is A Website Builder?

  5. When it comes to hardwood flooring, there are a few types to choose from as well as species of wood to use. The other consideration is all what rooms or levels will the hardwood flooring be used on and what other products will be employed. Knowing what the other products being used will determine what type of transitions may be required between them. It is always best to do your preparations or at least, understand what they’ll entail, so you’ll know what the floors are like before you begin. You need to know if the floors you’re working with are all the same height or if there is a difference between them.

    So nice explanations on your page about hard wood Flooring the page explains all what someone needs to consider or undestand on buying the new hard wood neede to be instaled or replaced in the house or new building.
    It shows how expert the information writter on the page is, i like Hardwood flooring, because it gets not so cold in winter time and it is not sweating when some one have necked feet on the froor or when sitting on the floor , to which these effects are on he cemented or tyres floor
    Congraturation on your page keep it up snd all the best on your page.

    • Travis Smithers

      Well, thanks for the comment Lucy, and I’ll definitely be continuing the best I can to help save people time and money with their renovations.

      I have always found that the more you know the better off you’ll be.

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